Sony Xperia XZ1 review – tests


Sony was never a company to blindly follow trends, having its own approach to the mobile market. A fact perfectly illustrated by the company’s latest flagship duo – the XZ1 and XZ1 Compact, which you only need to look at once to recognize the Xperia pedigree. The 2017 Sony flagships proper combine the best elements across the lineup to try and cut themselves a solid piece of the holiday sales pie.

Sony Xperia XZ1 review

The XZ1 Compact arguably has the easier task – it caters to those longing for a premium Android mini, who were disappointed by the X Compact and its lower standing. The full-sized XZ1 on the other hand will try and serve a niche with much fiercer competition.

It builds on the XZ Premium Loop surface design and its Motion Eye camera by adding smoother edges and new smoother modes. The 4K screen has gone missing in action, but that had its fair share of doubters at the 5.5″ diagonal of the Premium, so it probably won’t have seen much love at all here at 5.2″. Plus, Sony made it clear the the XZ1 is the direct successor to the Xperia XZ and will bring the Motion Eye goodness even to the markets that didn’t get the XZs.

Sony Xperia XZ1 key features
Body: 148 x 73.4 x 7.4mm, 155 g, Aluminum unibody, Gorilla Glass 5 front, IP65/68 waterproofing
Screen: 5.2″ Triluminos display, 1080p resolution (1,080 x 1,920px), HDR video support
OS: Android OS v8 Oreo with the Xperia launcher and Sony multimedia apps
Chipset: Snapdragon 835 chipset: octa-core Kryo 280 CPU (4×2.46GHz +4×1.9GHz); Adreno 540 GPU; 4GB of RAM
Camera: 19MP, 1/2.3″ Sony IMX400 camera, f/2.0 lens, predictive hybrid laser/phase detection/contrast AF, burst AF, IR sensor for white balance, LED flash, dedicated hardware shutter key;
Video recording: 4K video recording @30fps, 1080p @60fps, 720p @960fps, Steady Shot; Stereo audio recording;
Selfie: 13MP, 1/3.06″ front-facing autofocus camera with 1080p@30fps video
Storage: 64GB of built-in UFS storage and a microSD card slot
SIM: Single and dual-SIM models (market dependent)
Connectivity: Cat. 16 LTE, 4×4 MIMO; Dual-band Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, MIMO; GPS/GLONASS/Beidou/Galileo, Bluetooth v5.0; NFC, USB-C port with USB 3.1 support, 3.5mm headphone jack
Audio: Active noise cancellation with a dedicated mic; 24-bit/192kHz Hi-Res audio; S-Force Front Surround stereo speakers
Battery: 2,700mAh non-removable battery, QuickCharge 3.0 support, Qnovo adaptive charging, Battery Care smart charging
Misc: Fingerprint sensor (market dependent), stereo speakers
Main shortcomings
No wireless charging
Fingerprint recognition not available in the US

The Sony Xperia XZ1 is the middle member of the company’s premium trifecta and its 5.2-inch diagonal a a bit short of the 5.5-inch “sweet spot” of the current market. With the XZ Premium already available to cover that size, the XZ1 had to either go full phablet or slip between that and the XZ1 Compact. With Sony yet to embrace the bezelfree trend it’s probably for the better that it chose the latter approach.

Sony Xperia XZ1 in official photos - Sony Xperia XZ1 review
Sony Xperia XZ1 in official photos - Sony Xperia XZ1 review
Sony Xperia XZ1 in official photos - Sony Xperia XZ1 review
Sony Xperia XZ1 in official photos - Sony Xperia XZ1 review

Sony Xperia XZ1 in official photos

We’ll now have to see how it all works out in everyday use. Join us on the following pages as we dive deeper into the Xperia XZ1 and explore what it has to offer.